“Rickroll To Go…” ZendCon Session audio posted!

My ZendCon 2008 talk, “Rickroll To Go With WURFL, PHP, and Other Open Source Tools”, was just released at Zend DevZone as ZendCon Sessions episode #23! If you're just now finding my blog from there, welcome! And thanks to Eli White, Community Relations Manager for Zend, for selecting it for posting.

You can get all of the relevant info using the links below:

Slides and videos of the presentation materials ZendCon Sessions page with audio MP3 audio of the presentation iTunes DevZone podcast

Enjoy, and thanks for listening! Find me on Twitter or email me if you'd like to discuss the materials.

“Rickroll…” goes to print with php|architect!

One of my accomplishments during 2008 was preparing and presenting a new talk, "Rickroll To Go With WURFL, PHP, and Other Open Source Tools". This talk focused on some of the challenges with delivering content to mobile device users, such as limited bandwidth, limited resources on the device, and varying device support for video and audio formats. It illustrated how to use tools such as the imagick extension and FFmpeg to deliver content and an experience that was optimized for mobile devices.

Or, another way to refer to it: if you were ever at a PHP conference and heard of some dude Rickrolling a group during his talk, that was me.

I gave this talk at Atlanta PHP, ZendCon 2008 and PHP Appalachia, and received positive reception and feedback in all cases.

Now, in trying to knock out my New Year's resolutions, I am adapting this talk into an article for php|architect, which will be published around October 2009.

I've only got 3,000 words to work with, so I may not be able to address all three major content areas -- images, video, and audio -- but I'll do what I can. The focus of the issue will be "graphic manipulation," so focusing on the image portion may end up making the most sense given the word limitations. You don't want to read more than 3,000 words worth of my ramblings anyway.

So, keep your eyes open for that issue later in the year! Also, special thanks to Elizabeth Naramore, Beth Tucker Long, and Marco Tabini for the opportunity to grace the pages of their fantastic publication with my words, ideas, and experience.

Also, another special thanks to my co-workers JP Crevoiserat and Joseph Jorgensen who worked with me on a project that inspired the talk and this article. And as always, a special thanks for Schematic for always supporting the community-related efforts of its employees.

Slides: ZendCon 2008, “Rickroll To Go…”

It's the first day of ZendCon 2008! I'm giving my new talk, "Rickroll To Go With WURFL, PHP, and Other Open Source Tools" today at 4:00 PM PST. The slides are below in a variety of formats:

PDF (no transitions) PDF (one transition per page) Quicktime movie

If you're at ZendCon and reading this, be sure to drop on by at 4:00 PM -- it's sure to be a ball. Enjoy!